Posted: Jan 2, 2013 4:52 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW YORK - Prices for crude oil and most other commodities are rising after lawmakers cobbled together a last-minute budget agreement in Washington.
Most energy products were higher Wednesday.
Commodities followed the stock market up after Congress passed a budget plan that would avert sweeping tax increases and cuts to government spending. That set off a rally in stocks and encouraged investors to shift money into other higher-risk assets like commodities. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 308 points, its biggest gain since December 2011.
Precious metals also rose broadly.
Gold gained $13 to $1,688.80 an ounce, an increase of nearly 1 percent. Silver rose even more, jumping 78 cents to $31.007 an ounce, a rise of 2.6 percent.
Grain and bean prices mostly fell.